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Patriot Brandon Lloyd opens playbook on life in Lowell High visit
By Pete McQuaid, buy discount panmycin online pmcquaid@lowellsun.com


All six of Brandon Lloyd's siblings have college degrees. Buy discount panmycin online And he would have had one too -- if he didn't leave school early to play in the National Football League.

"I never saw sports as my future, buy discount panmycin online" Lloyd told a room of Lowell High School students. Buy discount panmycin online "I looked at it as a means to an end. Buy discount panmycin online I knew I wanted a major institutional degree in broadcast journalism."

It was this drive for success that the Patriots wide receiver stressed in his visit to Lowell High on Tuesday morning. Buy discount panmycin online Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, buy discount panmycin online along with the National Financial Educators Council, buy discount panmycin online sponsored Lloyd's visit as part of its MoneyStrong program, buy discount panmycin online which educates teens to be financially responsible through talks, buy discount panmycin online workshops and first-loan programs.

"The program is such a great education for kids coming out of school or going into college to learn about saving, buy discount panmycin online" said Michelle Silveira, buy discount panmycin online senior vice president at Jeanne D'Arc. Buy discount panmycin online "Even if they're saving as little as $10, buy discount panmycin online that's still making a difference."

Members of Jeanne D'Arc's financial-education department put on a presentation for about 100 Lowell High seniors, buy discount panmycin online covering everything from the mysterious fine print of credit-card agreements to the financial implications of choosing the right college. Buy discount panmycin online The students watched video clips of celebrities such as John Salley, buy discount panmycin online Christian Hosoi and Wilmer Valderrama, buy discount panmycin online each of whom talked about the tough path he faced in achieving his dream.

But the real star of the show was Lloyd, buy discount panmycin online who spoke to thestudents for about 20 minutes about how hard work can lead to financial success. Buy discount panmycin online He told of his hardworking hometown of Blue Springs, buy discount panmycin online Mo., buy discount panmycin online the type of place where the varsity quarterback was also the valedictorian and got a scholarship to Dartmouth. Buy discount panmycin online He recalled a moment in his youth when he asked his parents to buy him a video-game system, buy discount panmycin online which he soon learned he would have to buy himself after mowing more than a couple of lawns.

"Once you view money as something that requires labor, buy discount panmycin online youhave more respect for it, buy discount panmycin online" said Lloyd.

Wanting to get a degree just like the rest of his family, buy discount panmycin online each of whom was able to afford college through academic scholarships, buy discount panmycin online athletic scholarships or even enlistment in the Air Force, buy discount panmycin online Lloyd parlayed his considerable athletic ability (and dinner-plate-sized hands) into a football scholarship at the University of Illinois.

"When you have that discipline and focus, buy discount panmycin online that's what helps you stay on course with all the distractions that high school and college throw you, buy discount panmycin online" said Lloyd.

Lloyd took a tour of Lowell High when he arrived at about 9 a.m. Buy discount panmycin online After the presentation, buy discount panmycin online he sat in on a business class and ate lunch in the school restaurant. Buy discount panmycin online Though he encountered many Patriots fans, buy discount panmycin online Lloyd feels like his life lessons are universal and that as long as somebody learns a thing or two, buy discount panmycin online he's happy.

"I think that it doesn't matter how much money that (the students) will have in their future, buy discount panmycin online because each of them, buy discount panmycin online in some way, buy discount panmycin online will have money in their future, buy discount panmycin online" said Lloyd. Buy discount panmycin online "But all it takes is one kid. Buy discount panmycin online I come from a family of educators, buy discount panmycin online and one thing my dad would always say is that he'd teach all these years for one student to get something out of it."

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